Tackle Review – Daiwa Luvias

After reviewing the Daiwa Saltiga which is used mainly for heavy jigging & popping I would like to do a Tackle Review on the Daiwa Luvias which I find very suitable for light jigging & popping.

In the Daiwa spinning range I see the Saltiga ranked no. 1 along with its price being the highest. But you don’t have to use such a robust reel for all your fishing needs as compromise on its robustness is weight. In fact below the Saltiga I’m using the Daiwa Hyper Certate for medium jigging & popping. But it’s still the Luvias that capture my heart when it comes to light tackle fishing.

Family of Luvias…

What I like about Daiwa Luvias

  • Top of the list why I own 6 Luvias in which 2 are retired 2007 models is its light weight. I need a reel which is light enough for me to fish long hours & yet meet my basic requirements as a light tackle reel. It can achieve such light weight thanks to its rotor & body which are made of new age Zaion material a light & strong alloy.
  • In light tackle fishing I want something light but yet smooth in cranking with a certain level of finesse in handling. In comparison you can only find rough & ruggedness in the Saltiga. The 2015 & 2018 Luvias run on mag-sealed bearings & thus are smooth as silk.
  • Beside smoothness in cranking I also like the sweetness in the Luvias drag train which gives out smooth initial & continual drag. But to prolong its life I strongly recommend upgrading to Carbontex washers lubricated with Cal’s Drag Grease.

Upgrading to Carbontex Drag Washers

  • Drag system is by far one of the most important factors to consider when choosing a reel. Luvias’ drag is smooth without jerking; beginning with higher initial drag & transitioning smoothly to slightly lower continual drag. Having said the above I still strongly recommend upgrading to Carbontex ( Amazon / eBay ) which helps significantly in further improving & prolonging life of any drag system.
  • Carbontex ( Amazon / eBay ) washers give you smooth, stable & consistent initial & continual drag. Carbontex is inexpensive & worth every cent of your money. If you cannot find them in your local tackle shops, order them from Smooth Drag in the US.
  • Overcoming the initial drag when spool is at rest is higher than the force required to maintain continual drag that follows. This is where carbontex makes the difference in providing a smooth transition from initial to continual drag where other material will need higher initial force to set the spool moving before settling down to lower force resulting in a jerky start.
  • For Carbontex ( Amazon / eBay ), I suggest you use them as a wet drag system by applying proper drag grease eg. Cal’s Drag Grease ( Amazon / eBay ), also from Smooth Drag & not just any other ordinary grease& definitely not oil. For washers that are used dry as they are without any addition, they are dry washers which can give higher max drag but will not provide smooth initial drag over time as compared to wet washers. Fyi…carbontex washers can be used either wet or dry.

Hint: Never allow water to enter a drag system as it will result in jerky drag when it gets between the washers. Keep tackles in upper rod holders before boat moves off to avoid salt sprays & tighten down drag knob before rinsing reel in freshwater. When water does get in, immediately strip down drag train, dry every washer, reapply drag grease before assembly.

Luvias Models I Owned

Luvias 2508PE RCS – 2012 ( Amazon / eBay / Tackle Direct )

  • Use:
    • Light luring inshore
    • Light vertical jigging
  • Matched with:
    • North Fork MB663, 4-10lb
    • North Fork SJ603, 6-10lb
  • Comment:
    • 2nd generation Luvias with RCS spool upgraded with higher drag
    • Extremely light; body made of Zaion alloy

Luvias 3012 – 2012 ( Amazon / eBay / Tackle Direct )

  • Use:
    • Medium luring inshore/offshore
    • Medium vertical jigging
  • Matched with:
    • North Fork MB665, 10-17lb
    • North Fork SJ606, 10-17lb
  • Comment:
    • 2nd generation Luvias with original spool
    • Extremely light; body made of Zaion alloy

Luvias 3012H – 2015 ( Amazon / eBay / Tackle Direct )

  • Use:
    • Medium luring inshore/offshore
    • Medium vertical jigging
  • Matched with:
    • North Fork MB665, 10-17lb
    • North Fork SJ606, 10-17lb
  • Comment:
    • 3rd generation Luvias with original spool
    • Latest 4th generation launched in 2018
    • Extremely light; body made of Zaion alloy

Luvias 2000 – 2007 ( Amazon / eBay / Tackle Direct )

  • Use:
    • Light freshwater & aji
  • Matched with:
    • North Fork MB663, 4-10lb
  • Comment
    • 1st generation Luvias
    • Extremely light; body made of Zaion alloy
    • Note eBay link provided for this reel is for latest Luvias 2004H (2015) model
Luvias 2000
Luvias 2000

Luvias 3000 – 2007 ( Amazon / eBay / Tackle Direct )

  • Use:
    • Medium vertical jigging
  • Matched with:
    • North Fork SJ606, 10-17lb
  • Comment:
    • 1st generation Luvias
    • Owned 2 pcs for shallow vertical jigging…both retired now
    • Extremely light; body made of Zaion alloy
    • Note eBay link provided for this reel is for latest Luvias 3000H (2018) model
Luvias 3000
Luvias 3000

Happy Reviewing!

All the best,
Lawrence
gtfrenzy.com

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